Washington Think Tank with W.: What is the best metal/non-metal collaboration?

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The other day, my good pal Leif Bearikson and I were splitting a picnic basket he had swiped from some campers in a certain national park when the question of metal collaborations arose. He asked if I had heard the recent collaboration between Scott Walker and Sunn O))), and, upon hearing that I had not, he produced a boom box from one of his furry pockets. We proceed to jam the album, filling the tranquil forest clearing where we typically take our lunch dates with a bizarre and befuddling noise. Strange operatic vocals singing about testicles over drone metal created quite the racket and scared all the cute and curious woodland denizens away. Much like my bear-at-arms, I can’t say I disliked the music; it was just odd and bit disorienting. This brings me to my question of the week.

Today’s Question: What is the best metal/non-metal collaboration?

There have been quite a few noteworthy collaborations over the years of established metal musicians recording with decidedly non-metal performers. Just this year The Body released a cooperative with bizarre electronic maestro Haxan Cloak, as seen below in Exhibit B. Although the effort isn’t exactly metal, it definitely still fits into the canon of heavy music, and if I’m not mistaken, our own Edward is a big fan. Another intriguing release was the joint effort between Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers and Mastodon, seen in Exhibit C. Again, this isn’t exactly metal, but it could definitely get your blood pumping. Lastly, there was that super out-of-left-field guest appearance by Xzibit on a Within Temptation track, shown in Exhibit D. It’s difficult to call that song good by any sort of metal standard, but, if I’m being honest, I can’t claim that I don’t dig it.


Exhibit A – Scott Walker/Sunn O))) – Soused


Exhibit B – The Body/Haxan Cloak – “Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain”


Exhibit C – Mastodon/Gibby Haynes – “Atlanta”


Exhibit D – Within Temptation/Xzibit – “And We Run”


So, flushmigos, what are your favorite collaborations between uncouth metalheads and their washed co-conspirators from different genres? If you could force any non-metal artist to work with any metal band, what strings would you pull? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Edward

    “…if I’m not mistaken, our own Edward is a big fan”.

    I Shall Die Here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    naming your album that >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • W.

      Edward >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • Edward

        That’s a pretty respectable number of >s. Gratzi.

  • Cock ov Steele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxv3DbXO4k Just about anything Jerry Reed did with anybody.

    • W.

      Hahahahaha

  • My fav: Protest the Hero: Drumhead Trail (@ 3:20)

    Featuring Kayla Maire Howran (Country artist)

    From 3:20 to the end is fucking great.

    GL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMPd_WEMrLM

    • Edward

      Possibly my favorite PtH song. I didn’t even know she was on it lol.

  • Holy shit, Within Temptation + Xzibit just blew my mind. I lawled so hard.

  • Judgment Night soundtrack, end of discussion.

  • Cyndi Lauper with Immortal in a Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism era music video. This is my dream.

    • Joe wins 4ever.

    • OldMetalHead

      This is the correct answer.

      • Edward

        If no one has welcomed you to the Toilet Ov Hell yet, allow me to be the first.

        • Oh! I’ll be second.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            If this be the name of the game, allow me to fill the top spots by snatching number three.

          • I’m staking out spot 6, no more, no less.

          • hey @oldmetalhead:disqus, let me be the .5 to welcome you!

          • Edward

            No cutting in line mister!

          • W.

            I welcomed him here a few days ago. You, @masterlordsteeldragon:disqus, @nordlingritesovkarhu:disqus, @zackmuenz:disqus, and @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus are all hacks that can be flushed down the world famous Piss Vortex ov Hell.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I like a good Piss Vortex. Going there now.

          • Edward

            *flushes W. down the vilest, most piranha filled toilet of Hell of them all*

          • Tyree
          • Cockypock Aioli

            Oh fuck they have piranha toilets?! Well shit me silly.

          • does this vortex spin clockwise or anti-?

        • OldMetalHead

          Thanks guys. I’ve been lurking for a while.

          • Edward

            I’ve been commenting inane ramblings that are usually off topic for some time.

    • Guppusmaximus

      I’d say FNM & Boo-Ya Tribe would be right up there as well:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7PT2FB2ze4

    • W.

      I can’t believe I forgot about this.

    • Elite Extremophile

      I wish I was old enough to have seen anthrax tour with public enemy. They supposedly played this as an encore every night, that pit must have been INSANE.

    • Cock ov Steele

      Unless this counts as metal/non-metal collab. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMD33cdIlpw

      • W.

        I think you could also throw in Christopher Lee’s collabs with Rhapsody.

        • Death

          There’s an upcoming Richard Dawkins and Nightwish collab (really a guest appearance).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Imagine the jimmies rustled if Dawg talks about his atheistic sheit.

          • Can I be included in the talking about my atheistic sheit?

          • Death

            I’ll pay you to talk about it in my house.

          • I knew I liked you for some reason, bud. I’ll do it pro-Bono.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Go ahead, but have you actually read Dawkins’ ravings? The guy’s a fricking joke! And, you know, a phenomenal evolution biologist. I doubt your atheistic talking would rustle as many jimmies.

          • Death

            I’ve rustled few jimmies in my days with provocative statements.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That I doubt not.

          • I own several of Dawkins’ books (this doesn’t say a lot, I have an Engrish degree, so the house is full of books.) I don’t always agree with him but I dont always disagree with him, either.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I find much of his ravings about God mostly hilarious. I’m not what you call religious though. He just makes me laugh. And I know of the shitstorm already brewing on NW’s fb that he has an opportunity to do some serious rustling.

          • This is the same reason I dont have a FB anymore. Too many jimmies rustled.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    There is of course the obvious Sunn O/Ulver collab earlier this year, which is pretty magnificient

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hXKM-xav8s

  • Leif Bearikson

    There is only one correct answer, and it is this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqM3Z3rWlAI

    • I have you ever seen Biker Boyz? I have. Recently.

      • Leif Bearikson

        Yes, yes I have. On BET, even.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      This is the greatest worst thing ever.

    • W.

      I forgot about this one too!

    • Old Man Hetfield

      For the record I had nothing to do with this abomination.

  • Cock ov Steele
  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    My dick……….My dick My dick My dick………My dick My dick now. Still stuck in my head….

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Within Temptation/Xzibit……..holy shit this is real?

    • W.

      It’s real and terrible and awesome.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    The Body/Haxan Cloak thingy is greatsome

    • Edward

      <3

    • Edward

      I might even go as far as to say people that don’t love I Shall Die Here might be posers.

      • Stockhausen

        I would stand next to you and say “He’s right” if you said that.

      • Death

        I guess that I’m a poser because I have never heard it.

  • Edward

    Chino Moreno, Cage, El-P on Handsome Boy Modeling School:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTvfy3B_LNY

  • Tyree

    Not sure if this one counts but I’ll leave it here anyways. Great fucking song nonetheless.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD3it8Xd5fA

  • Death

    Melvins and Lustmord made an excellent collaboration album
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_gr7bX8YA

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Melvins + Jello was good too, both. But that’s almost nitpicking, both being almost metal and Jello not that far removed from the style either.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    LULU, anyone?

  • God

    Metallica and Lou Reed

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      Muhahahaha

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Great minds do think alike!

      • God

        Holy crap. Lol same time too!

    • Death

      I probably would’ve liked it a lot more if Metallica wasn’t on that album.

      • Old Man Hetfield

        I agree.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        or lou

        • DeathRiotAct666

          Lou Reed >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> shit >>>>>>>>> metallica

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            agreed BUT the whole project sucked

  • Just one song, but I always really liked it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg4LUtFLOIc

    • Edward

      SMOHLG!

    • this is an underrated Opeth album.

      • Death

        It’s a great album. I got the new vinyl version of it on this year’s RSD.

        • this is probably the most un-kvlt thing ever: i’ve got the DVD of the album with the DTS 5.1 audio mix

          • Death

            I’ve got a few DTS 5.1 audio mix album DVDs.

    • W.

      I do love this song.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Yngwie Malmsteen & the New Japan Philharmonic:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAq817mTb50

  • Cockypock Aioli

    I’m a fan of that Satyricon collaboration with that singer guy off the new album. Great dark n moody song.

  • In Flames featuring Lisa Miskovsky!!! if any of you lifelovers enjoy female singer/songwriters, hop on the Lisa train ASAP.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmczLXID4Yg

  • Stockhausen

    That Thou collaboration rules. Rules butts. If I could set up my dream collaboration, it would be Dischordia and Tom Waits. If that’s cheating, then any good/eccentric metal band and Tom Waits.

    • Anything Thou rules butts, bro. Heathen is going up on my EOTY list for cereal. Amazing band live, as well.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      I would Waits croak over Vindsval’s most demented songs. Or backed by Shining (Nor).

      • Stockhausen

        Both of those ideas are fantastic. I could hear him mixing really well with an electronic-based project as well, like Wreck and Reference or Mamaleek.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Sunn O))) is mentioned is this thread already but Waits’ most clinking and clanking songs made into a ten minute repetitive song finalized with a little guitar drone just started to tickle my thinking muscle.

        • Edward

          Wreck and Reference were good live.

          • Stockhausen

            YOU WERE GOOD LIVE.

  • Elite Extremophile

    It’s not metal, but William Shatner collaborated with Ben Folds and it was literally the best thing ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ainyK6fXku0

    • Stockhausen

      Henry Rollins was on a track on that album, and one of his spoken words routines is him recounting the bizarre experience in that recording sessions.

    • on a related note, who else LOVES the original Common People by Pulp?
      (@metaphysicalanus:disqus, i’m eyeballing you for some reason!)

      • Death

        Death doesn’t find much enjoyment in that song.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      I love his collaboration with Rollins. I want to make a band that does nothing but call-and-response rant songs.

  • Cock ov Steele

    Oh wait, metal AND non-metal. I dun goofed.

    • W.

      Ya good, B!

      • Cock ov Steele

        I took a crusade of penance into the piss vortex ov Hell. I have returned a wisened yet broken man.

  • W.

    Three ideas:
    1.) Ben Howard and Emily Reid do a duet on a Panopticon track.
    2.) The lady from Sleigh Bells on a Despised Icon track.
    3.) A joint album between Shining and Gogol Bordello

    • Edward

      Sleigh Bells on their own are almost a metal / non-metal collaboration.

      • W.

        That’s true. Isn’t the guitarist in Salt the Wound?

        • Edward

          Poison The Well I believe.

          • Yep!

          • W.

            Ah. I got my Verb the Noun bands mixed up.

          • Edward

            Poison the Verb!

          • Edward

            I guess PtW fans all hated Versions, but I really enjoyed that one, especially tracks 3, 4, and 6.

    • Stockhausen

      1 and 3, yes. Number 2, sure, I guess.

    • 4.) T Swift/Nails collabo

      • Tyree
        • Edward

          That chick on the left was just in something I watched.

          • Tyree

            She is in House of Cards and she was also in Cabin in the Woods.

            * Kristen Connolly

          • Edward

            House of Cards! Also, possibly something else as well…

            Cabin in the Woods was DOPE in the theater.

          • Tyree

            I bet it was pretty awesome in theaters! I was surprised by how good that movie was. Pretty creative idea.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Which Shining?

      • W.

        The blackjazz one.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Yesssh! A much better sounding collab.

          • W.

            It would be so utterly chaotic.

  • Shame on you for forgetting this classic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ZjZyL6Wf8&noredirect=1

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I FORGOT. Goofy and Evanescence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czLYl4fM8yk

    • Stockhausen

      OMGWAT

    • Stockhausen

      I’m losing my friggin’ mind listening to this. Saaave me!

      • Mother Shabubu III

        I love the dude cracking up occasionally during it.

    • Death

      This is beautiful!

    • W.

      As Stockhausen would say, what the wtf?

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I would lobe to see a grindcore band collaborate with a jazzy trumpet-player. Or a full scale orchestra specifically arranged for minute-long outbursts of pure aggression and sheer hatred. Or a didgeridoo leading a grind band. Or a…

  • Spear

    I can’t read the name Scott Walker without feeling intense rage and hatred right now. THANKS, WISCONSIN.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9arq-KsGCh4
    Napalm Death and John Zorn

  • Death

    Also, Soused is a fucking great album

  • “Classical” sounding music doesn’t count because is metal itself (even when was made so many centuries ago), right?

  • Renan Ribeiro

    British band Gonga with Beth Gibbons from Portishead doing vocals. I guess you all know what this song is

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-mc7D6hs5U

  • Mr.CustodialArts
  • Xan

    I don’t know as if I know any metal/non-metal collaborations. Sheeeeiiiiitt.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    I’m sorry, but that Scott Walker/Sunn O))) project sounds like two entirely different albums being played at the same time.

  • Ellipsis

    Neurosis & Jarboe, need I say more…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D8ss_dnTfQ

    • Death

      Grrrrrrreat choice!

      • Ellipsis

        Thhhhhhhanks Death!

  • Personally, I think that Devin Townsend would be an awesome choice to collaborate with a lot of non-metal artists – I think a Busta Rhymes/Devin Townsend collaboration would be awesome.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    Skrillex and Morbid Angel? O sano that was just Morbid Angel..never mind.

  • JamesGrimm